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Opportunities: Open Call for DasArts

Opportunities: Open Call for DasArts

To professional theatre makers, as well as creative producers, curators, programme makers (yes, we have new profile!)-,

DasArts is an international laboratory for professionals working in the contemporary performing arts. Theatre makers, creative producers, curators and programme makers studying at DasArts define their goals and explore and adopt the appropriate research methods.

Are you looking for challenging peer-to-peer exchanges, new input and unexpected artistic experiences? This is exactly how the DasArts programme supports your artistic and professional development. Based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, DasArts offers a residential program me leading to a Master of Arts (MA) degree.

Open Day 30 October
We look forward to welcoming you during our Open Day on 30 October 2015. Ask all your questions about our curriculum, meet the staff, share activities and see the work of the artists currently studying at DasArts. If you want to attend the Open Day, please send us an email at

Between 2 and 7 PM is a great occasion to discover more about the DasArts programme. We have devised a number of ways to present what we do: you can participate in self-devised mini workshops by DasArts-participants, you can ask questions about our new study programme in the ‘curriculum room’ and there will also be two plenary information sessions.

How Do You Work
In the afternoon there is also a How Do You Work Session with an invited curator/creative producer or program maker. This will be moderated by Ann Olaerts, who is the tutor for students with this profile. These sessions are a tool to direct your gaze towards your own practice and ways of working, to articulate them through a process of sharing with other artists or colleagues with relevant practices.

An evening of performances
In the evening DasArts-participants will present the performances they developed at DasArts. During an after talk we will explore the motivations and goals of the participants.

Deadline for Applications: Thursday 19 November 2015
For more information about the application procedure and deadline for applications please visit:


About DasArts
DasArts is a master’s degree course of the Amsterdam University of the Arts. Our two-year, question-based, residential master’s program me functions as a laboratory and aims to improve the artistic and professional competences of its international students.

Theatre makers, creative producers, curators and program me makers studying at DasArts define their goals and gradually explore and adopt the appropriate research methods. Although the focus is on individual development, our main educational strategies revolve around the learning potential of encounters. Exchanges with peers, guest teachers and staff ideally have the character of significant collisions. By encouraging our participants to tell their colleagues about their working processes, we foster professional intimacy. Both strategies enable important artistic and professional developments and form the basis of our strong international network.

Theatre makers in a changing world
The arts field is facing some real challenges nowadays. The overall political climate demands far more entrepreneurship and self-sustaining models. In the midst of digital innovations, quests for (new) audiences, and a new sense of responsibility within social and political movements, the performing arts are repositioning themselves.

At DasArts we consciously bring into our programme practitioners and theoreticians who contribute to the cross-cultural critical environment of the performing arts. Theatre is the backdrop, both its traditions and the avant-garde spirit. Performance is part of this legacy.

Creative producers, curators and programme makers
Artists are not the only ones to respond to these changes; producers, curators and programme makers are also redefining their roles and developing their practices. DasArts offers creative producers, curators and programme makers an environment where, together with the group of theatre makers, they can expand their knowledge, skills, international network and critical discourse.

We have chosen to address the current discussions and challenges as a continuous dialogue between theatre makers and the people who create the conditions and context for artistic work. They will combine their own professional undertakings with intense peer-to-peer exchange, rich input and tutoring.

Emerging theatre professionals often have two needs: on the one hand, finding a place and the time to do research in order to develop their practice, and on the other, engaging in professional projects in order to build up their career. DasArts has redesigned its structure to create more room for integrating professional activities in the study course.

Recently, an international panel of experts has assessed DasArts as ‘Excellent across the Board’ (vision, learning environment, targeted and achieved learning outcomes). According to the panel, DasArts serves as an example both nationally and internationally due to its challenging, innovative and original teaching environment. The study program me produces passionate and innovative theatre-makers who receive recognition worldwide.

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DasArts Master of Theatre
Havikslaan 20 / 1021 EK Amsterdam / Netherlands
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Caden Manson is Editor In Chief and Curator of Contemporary Performance Network and co-founder and artistic director of Big Art Group, a New York City performance company founded in 1999.
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